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Doctor insights on: Carbamazepine Safe Women Pregnant

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Is carbamazepine safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is carbamazepine safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

No, it is not safe: Carbamazepine is considered a category d in pregnancy, it may be teratogenic or leads to developmental delay in the baby. It is advised to be relapced with an other seizure medications during pregnancy. During nursing babies it should be avoided as it may affects the blood counts in the baby. ...Read more

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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Epileptic female on tegretol and arrange for pregnancy so we still on tegretol or change to other antiepileptic?

Epileptic female on tegretol and arrange for pregnancy so we still on tegretol or change to other antiepileptic?

MFM: Little is known about the long term or pregnancy-related effects of most anticonvulsants, especially for the newer ones (e.g. Keppra) which do seem to be safer as compared to older ones, but not always as effective. Tegretol is a class d, meaning potential for harm to the fetus. This can be minimized by folic acid. Prenatal neurology consultation is advised. More than 90% chance baby will be ok. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever taken the drug tegretol when pregnant and done ok?

Has anyone ever taken the drug tegretol when pregnant and done ok?

Yes, many: Many pregnant pregnants women have taken tegretol and done well. We worried about a few of them may have some birth defects. It is a low risk, but it probably there. ...Read more

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Why can't i take pregnancy pills while taking tegretol?

You can: You can still take them, they just may not be as effective. The problem is that tegretol (carbamazepine) causes the hormones in birth control pills to be broken down by the body faster than normal, so you have lower levels of hormones in your blood to prevent pregnancy. If you do take bcps, you would probably need ones with higher amounts of hormones in them. Check with your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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I haven't gotten my cycle in 48 days. I'm not pregnant. I just stopped taking tegretol for almost two weeks. Will I get it soon?

I haven't gotten my cycle in 48 days. I'm not pregnant. I just stopped taking tegretol for almost two weeks. Will I get it soon?

Hard to say: You haven't mentioned if you are on other medications like birth control pills. But many things can cause menstrual irregularity and it's possible that stopping the tegretol through off your cycle. As long as you are not pregnant, be patient. However, we don't like women to go more than 3 months without a period so if it doesn't come within that time, you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Epilepsy, pregnancy i want to have children, my partner had epilepsy , he is claiming that when he was 10 years old he was cured by going to church and it is about 32 years that he doesn't have epilepsy and deosnt use dlantin and tegretol, he also claimed

Epilepsy, pregnancy i want to have children, my partner had epilepsy , he is claiming that when he was 10 years old he was cured by going to church and it is about 32 years that he doesn't have epilepsy and deosnt use dlantin and tegretol, he also claimed

He's wrong: Epilepsy isn't always a cut-and-dried diagnosis. If your partner really did have epilepsy, he wasn't cured in church. He grew out of his epilepsy. It happens all the time with primary generalized epilepsy; rarely if ever with partial epilepsy. ...Read more

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I take tegretol. I'm not pregnant and don't take birth control. I have been spotting brown blood and have cramps. Is this a cycle?

I take tegretol. I'm not pregnant and don't take birth control. I have been spotting brown blood and have cramps. Is this a cycle?

Maybe.: Any one with abnormal bleeding in the childbearing age should have a blood pregnancy test to rule out a normal or tubal pregnancy. , even if pain and bleeding stop. See your obgyn for evaluation. ...Read more

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I take tegretol. I have been spotting brown blood and have stomach cramps. I'm not pregnant. Could this be my cycle?

Tegretol and BCP: Tegretol may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills, so it is possible to have breakthrough bleeding if taking the two together. See your doctor if your periods are irregular or if you are bleeding between periods. ...Read more

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Is tegretol good for trilgemial neurgia ? Is it a safe drug ?

Not my first choice: Tegretol does control the pain of trigeminal neuralgia, but so do other meds, and i would try Lyrica (pregabalin) first, as it has few if any drug-drug interactions, and is, in my experience extremely effective. Tegretol is an older drug with many potential side effects, including liver and bone marrow issues, low sodium, gastrointestinal problems, and elevation of cholesterol. Do not understand why choice. ...Read more

Dr. Mohamad Mikati
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Carbamazepine (Definition)

This drug was once the breakthrough product to treat trigeminal neuralgia, and later various forms of epilepsy, and even psychiatric uses ...Read more